"If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.
Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away."
-- Henry David Thoreau
Individuality. There has never been a greater need for it. Why do we wrestle to keep step with the common cadence, when our souls long to be free?
I have come to understand more and more as I increase in age and wisdom (well, at least in age....), that our missions here on earth are varied and unique. What a blessing. I was sent here to accomplish my own set of achievements, and so were you! And in the grand scheme of things, it then becomes necessary for us to have our own unique set of abilities, passions, and talents. WE ARE MEANT TO BE DIFFERENT. Let us then rejoice in that. Let us then not squelch who we really are.
Let us then accomplish our special purposes and not try to hide them. What does the Lord need from you to help build up His Kingdom here on earth? Are you filling the measure of your own personal, matchless creation?
Elder John A. Widtsoe spoke of the importance of our divine callings: "We need...a group of men and women in their individual lives who shall be as a light to the nations, and standards for the world to follow. Such a people must be different from the world as it now is....We are here to build Zion to Almighty God, for the blessing of all the world. In that aim we are unique and different .... We must respect that obligation, and not be afraid of it. We cannot walk as other men, or talk as other men, or do as other men, for we have a different destiny, obligation, and responsibility placed upon us, and we must fit ourselves for that great destiny and obligation." (Conference Report, April 1940)
I am trying to evaluate my skill sets; trying to understand why I am different from you; trying to fulfill my unique purpose. It is humbling. It is enlightening. It is liberating.
I am trying to drown out the deafening beat of this worldly world, trying to align my step with my own drummer. So if I seem to be losing pace with what is popular or trendy or current, well, it is because maybe that just isn't the beat I am stepping to, nor the music I am hearing. I always knew I was a little odd.